What are Warming Foods?
When you think of the idea of warming foods, you may consider soup, stew, or other foods that are warm or hot in temperature. But in Traditional Chinese Medicine, warming foods – those with Yang energetics – are foods that add heat and dryness to the body. Depending on your dog’s situation, this may be good or bad.
In what situations might your dog benefit from warming foods?
Dogs who need warmth (in TCM, this is known as being Yang deficient) can benefit from having warming foods in their diets. Dogs can become Yang deficient for many reasons. Some of these reasons include poor diet, old age, inactivity, general weakness, or excessive exposure to cold weather.
If a dog is Yang deficient and in need of warming foods, this may display itself through kidney disease, incontinence, hypothyroidism, digestive upset, lack of energy and more. It is important to note that these symptoms and conditions can occur for many other reasons as well, so it is crucial to work with a vet to determine the exact cause first.
What are some examples of warming foods?
There are many foods that holding warming energetics. Warming foods should also be served warm, cooked and broken down as much as possible. Warming foods include lamb, chicken, venison, kidneys, quinoa, wheat germ, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, parsley, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, parsnips, raspberries and more.